The local foods movement is alive and well in Champaign County! Here are some updates on other projects while we finalize our virtual market:
Local Producers Map:
Our local producers map is ready for publication and you will soon be able to find it on gochampaign.com. Copies will be distributed around the community, in the local telephone book, and other “hangouts”. The guide lists the location and contact information for nearly 50 local producers within our county. The map was a project of the Local Food Council and printed with the help of some local sponsors including the Monument Square District, Champaign Bank, the Community Improvement Corporation, the Chamber of Commerce, the Farm Bureau and others. It is a great start to finding a local source for Champaign County’s finest!
We always could spot a friend, welcome back
And I smile when I think how you must have been
And I know what a scene you were learning in
Was there something that made you come back again
And what could ever lead ya
(What could ever lead ya)
Back here where we need ya
(Back here where we need ya)
(Theme Song from, Welcome Back, Kotter-John Sebastian from Lovin’ Spoonful)
Welcome back, lovely little local market of love customers!! I hope that you all had lovely holiday celebrations, though I know that we all experienced a different kind of celebration. Many had zoom celebrations, many made due with phone calls…it truly was a different way to celebrate, but I would like to imagine that the love vibes were even brighter, because of it.
Now, here we are, right off of Thanksgiving, and looking ahead to December! Can you believe it?? Crazy how time flies. I see that so many of you have started your weekly ordering, and I love you for that!
I also wanted to do my yearly reminder, that always happens on this Saturday, of Small Business Saturday…now, more than ever, your local communities need your support. Some of you feel fine about being out, and about, and shopping, and others are more apt to shelter in, while shopping online. You can still support local businesses by shopping them, online, purchasing gift cards, showing them any appreciation in the form of sales, would help them, tremendously.
I remember when I used to have my shops, it was such a pleasure to have the crowds rushing in on this day. Those crowds cannot all rush in, at once, so if you are out, and there are lines, please be patient. If you are ordering online, the shop owners love little notes to them, along with your purchases. If dining out, tip even more than you normally would, or arrange carry out, to take home. Not one person has not been affected, in one way or another. Today is your day to show your community how much you love them.
And, you can always show this market how much you love local by shopping, online, from the comfort and safety of your own home. OR…contact me for a market gift certificate to give to those you love!
Local is Love…let’s toss that love all around your local communities…